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New articulated HSR buses ordered for 2019

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The City of Hamilton and the HSR have put in an order for more articulated buses.

The order will see eleven new New Flyer XN60 buses added to the fleet. The order is for early 2019 delivery. These buses will replace all of the remaining 0600 articulated buses (6 buses remain) as well as replace five other 40′ buses.

The replacement of standard 40′ buses with articulated 60′ buses will help expand capacity.

Articulated buses are used primarily on routes 1 KING (weekends), 5 DELAWARE (weekends) 10 B-LINE EXPRESS, 25 UPPER WENTWORTH (weekends), 26 UPPER WELLINGTON (weekends) 27 UPPER JAMES, 35 COLLEGE, and 51 UNIVERSITY.  The buses are also typically used on special event shuttles and the TICATS EXPRESS.

HSR testing electric buses

Photo via New Flyer

Photo via New Flyer

The HSR hasn’t had electric buses since the last of the trollies were retired several decades ago, but the transit agency in the City of Hamilton is now testing new electric buses.

Starting this week, the HSR began testing an electric bus, operating on various routes across the city. This model, the New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE (XE35), is one of three that HSR will be testing over the next few months.

This isn’t the first time the HSR has tested out a new model of bus. It’s common for a transit agency to try out new buses before committing to an order.

“Investigating and testing this new technology is an opportunity for the City of Hamilton to see possible greater potential benefits,” the city said in a media release.  “The possible addition of Electric buses is supportive of the development of renewable resources which support the City of Hamilton’s priorities.”

The electric bus will not be in service, but will instead shadow existing buses on “a proposed itinerary that provides for different route geography, including three different escarpment crossings, long and short-range route options, different spans of operation to test battery drain, as well as reaching as many different areas of the city that residents may benefit from a less intrusive vehicle.”

This could be indicative of parallel testing of new or modified routes.

The test stems from a motion by Mayor Eisenberger March 19, 2018 Public Works Committee meeting directing staff to investigate, and possibly test, electric buses in preparation for future procurement.

Source: City of Hamilton

Notice: Holiday Service Monday for Thanksgiving

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As a reminder, the Hamilton Street Railway will be operating on a holiday schedule for Thanksgiving this Monday. On this date many routes will be operating with reduced frequencies while some routes will not be operating at all.

The following routes will not be in service Monday:

City to run pilot project putting Wi-Fi on select HSR buses

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The City of Hamilton announced today that they are beginning a new pilot project. The first week of October, the HSR will be conducting a two-month pilot project that will see free Wi-Fi provided on 15 buses, operating on various routes across the city.

Buses will be clearly marked with a Wi-Fi symbol beside the front door and on the destination sign. The inside of the bus will include information posted in the “Take One” slots near the driver explaining how to access the Wi-Fi.

Similar to other areas where the City of Hamilton offers free Wi-Fi, customers will need to accept the Terms and Conditions in order to access Wi-Fi on our buses.

MacNab Transit Terminal Extends its Hours

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The City of Hamilton has announced that the hours for its downtown transit terminal, the MacNab Transit Terminal, will see it’s service hours extended to be consistent with service hours for bus service.

Starting today, Monday September 24th, 2018 the hours will be:

  • Monday – Saturday: 5am – 1:30am
  • Sunday & Holidays – 5am – 12:30am

The new hours add an additional one hour in the morning all week and a half hour later on Sunday evenings to the winter hours. They would have gone into effect on December 1st.

Notice: Holiday Service Monday for Labour Day

As a reminder, the Hamilton Street Railway will be operating on a holiday schedule for the Labour Day this Monday. On this date many routes will be operating with reduced frequencies while some routes will not be operating at all.

The following routes will not be in service Monday:

Additional service to the 51 UNIVERSITY added starting Monday

The HSR will be starting seasonal service for route 51 UNIVERSITY a week early this year in support of McMaster University’s Welcome Week.

In advance of the Fall Board schedule taking effect Sunday September 2nd, 2018, HSR has added extra service to the 51 UNIVERSITY a week early.

Operating on a Saturday schedule, the 51 University Special will now see service from approximately 11:20am through 2:30am starting Monday, August 27th through Saturday, September 1st inclusive. Buses will operate approximately every 20 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes after 8:00pm.

More information from the City of Hamilton about the McMaster University U-Pass including changes and restrictions.

GO Transit schedule changes effective September 1st

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GO Transit is adjusting some of their schedules effective September 1st, 2018. The changes include service changes for bus trips, however there are no changes to train service to either the Hamilton GO Centre or West Harbour GO Station.

Here are the changes which start on Saturday, AlSeptember 1st.

Burlington Transit Route 1/1X PLAINS and Route 101 PLAINS EXPRESS Changes starting September 2nd

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Burlington Transit is making minor changes to routes 1 PLAINS and 101 PLAINS EXPRESS. To help improve the reliability of Route 1/1x and Route 101, the following changes are being made, effective Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018.

Route schedules are not affected by these changes.

Route 101 Express

Starting on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, Route 101 PLAINS EXPRESS will become an express route between Hamilton and Burlington and will make fewer stops.

Fall 2018 HSR schedules feature route changes, added service

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The fall HSR schedules take effect on Sunday September 2, 2018, and there are a few nota